A strike at French ports that would have severely disrupted cross-Channel ferry services was called off today as the great Easter getaway began in earnest.
French port control officers had been due to go on a 24-hour stoppage that would have hit ports such as Calais, Dieppe and Cherbourg.
P&O Ferries had warned its passengers to expect long delays today and on Good Friday and there were fears of traffic build-ups on routes to the port of Dover in Kent.
But at 2am the strike was called off after successful late-night talks in France.
"This is excellent news for British holidaymakers," said P&O Ferries spokesman Chris Laming.
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